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Language of 29 Countries on 5 Continents

France from Space

French has been an international world language even before English. Today, French is an official language in 29 countries on 5 continents: Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

French is an official language in:  

  1. France
  2. Congo
  3. Canada
  4. Madagascar
  5. Cameroon
  6. Ivory Coast
  7. Burkina Faso
  8. Niger
  9. Senegal
  10. Mali
  11. Belgium
  12. Guinea
  13. Rwanda
  14. Chad
  15. Haiti
  1. Burundi
  2. Benin
  3. Switzerland
  4. Togo
  5. Central Africa
  6. Rep. Congo
  7. Gabon
  8. Comoros
  9. Equatorial Guinea
  10. Djibouti
  11. Luxembourg
  12. Vanuatu
  13. Seychelles
  14. Monaco


St. Michel Island monastery in France

More interesting facts about the
French language

  • The French dialect which is spoken in Quebec in Canada is difficult to understand for the French in Europe.
  • Almost 20% of the territory of France is located outside of Europe. These French overseas territories are also a part of the European Union.
  • In 1994 France introduced a law to protect the French language. One of its aims is to avoid Anglicisms in the official use of the French language.
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